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What’s the Difference Between Prayer and Meditation?

by Michael Maciel   In the Pagan traditions, it was almost easier to pray because the One God was divided up into separate attributes, each one governing different aspects of life. So you knew which God to pray to, depending … Continue reading

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One Mountain, Many Vantage Points

by Michael Maciel For every spiritual process, there is a physical bodily function and structure. Our body truly is the microcosm of the macrocosm. It changes over time, that’s true, but over eons of time, vast stretches of time that … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Winning

by Michael Maciel Second place is just the first loser. – NASCAR adage Yeah, competition is tricky that way, isn’t it. Unless you stake everything, and I mean everything on winning, you’re likely to lose. Second place is not an option. … Continue reading

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Write it down!

by Michael Maciel Do you keep a spiritual journal? Many esoteric schools require their students to write down their spiritual experiences in a personal notebook. There is something about putting pen to paper that has the power to organize our … Continue reading

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The Biology of Gender

by Michael Maciel Authority is a masculine trait, whether it manifests in a man or a woman. And obedience is a feminine trait, whether it manifests in a woman or a man. It is the TRAIT, not the body, that … Continue reading

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Understand Your Symbols

by Michael Maciel According to Joseph Campbell, proper symbols activate subconscious powers that directly affect our consciousness. We might not be able to articulate what they mean, but we can definitely feel the energies they unleash. There are two types … Continue reading

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Whose Truth Is True?

  by Michael Maciel We live in an age of relativism. Once it was discovered that any experience can be interpreted in an infinite number of ways, all beliefs in “universal truths” were dismissed as irrelevant. Context became the sole … Continue reading

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A Wise Approach to Politics

by Michael Maciel It’s a challenge these days not to get sucked up into the negativity that dominates the current political news stream, especially for those of us trying to live a spiritual life and to keep our consciousness out … Continue reading

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Male-Female Symbolism

by Michael Maciel In mythic stories, such as the ones we find in the Bible, different characters symbolize different aspects of ourselves. When we read about Jesus, for example, every character in the story represents aspects of our personality, both … Continue reading

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Symbols—derive the abstract from the concrete

by Michael Maciel The circle with a dot in the center is one of the oldest symbols for God. It dates back thousands of years and maybe longer. No one really knows. And since our best understanding of what this … Continue reading

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